Wednesday, August 26

F e r n w e h

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USA 2014 | Photo by me

Found myself dreaming about different parts of the world, falling in love with cities I've never been to. I definitely want to visit Russia, Turkey, Germany, China and probably South America. Getting lost in another country and its culture, enjoying the different kinds of food, picking up phrases in different languages... yes please! We are only young once, never let your spark die out. Go out there, do what you love, don't let anyone stop you from doing what you're passionate about. Be it travelling, cooking, photographing and heck even taking a day to rest at home, just do it. Don't wait, time is so precious, make every minute count. Love yourself, and make life worth while. I'll be in Seoul this October and I honestly do not know what to expect. If you guys have any tips on where to visit in Seoul, do leave a comment for me! Stay gold 

xx

Monday, August 10

E N E R G Y

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Photos by Dan

2015 has been very relaxing yet confusing for me so far, a whirlwind of emotions and expectations. I have a clear vision of what I want that do not exactly see eye to eye with some, it takes hard work, determination and definitely time. I remember when I was travelling in Paris, the sweetest airbnb host, Monica, sat down with me for almost 2 hours and gave me advice that I can never forget. "Don't believe it's easy, even if you got it." Those are the words that stuck with me ever since. I want to share one of my favourite chapters of a book (Don't Sweat The Small Stuff), that I go back to every time. It's such an important message and this book perks me up whenever I'm feeling low or unmotivated.

"We deny parts of ourselves that we deem unacceptable rather than accepting the fact that we're all less than perfect. One of the reasons it's important to accept all aspects of yourself is that it allows you to be easier on yourself, more compassionate. When you act or feel insecure, rather than pretending to be "together," you can open to the truth and say to yourself, "I'm feeling frightened and that's okay." If you're feeling a little jealous, greedy, or angry, rather than deny or bury your feelings, you can open to them, which helps you move through them quickly and grow beyond them. When you no longer think of your negative feelings as a big deal, or as something to fear, you will no longer be frightened by them. When you open to the totality of your being you no longer have to pretend that your life is perfect, or even hope that it will be. Instead you can accept yourself as you are, right now.

When you acknowledge the less than perfect part of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. You'll notice that while you may, at times, act with self-interest in mind, at other times you're incredibly selfless. Sometimes you may act insecure or frightened, but most often you are courages. While you can certainly get uptight, you can also be quite relaxed.

Opening to the totality of your being is like saying to yourself, "I may not be perfect, but I'm okay just the way I am." When negative characteristics arise you can begin to recognize them as part of a bigger picture. Rather than judging and evaluating yourself simply because you're human, see if you can treat yourself with loving-kindess and great acceptance." 
-Richard Carlson

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Monday, July 27

WANDER

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Went for a stroll last Sunday morning with Dan and I started to let my mind drift. I thought about many things, from endless to-do lists, upcoming travel plans, to other trivial matters. We were in our own bubble for a good 20 minutes. That's what I love about us, we can enjoy each other's company and the silence at the same time. He taught me to always live in the moment, that's one of the main reasons why I have not been using Snapchat lately. Is it that important to tell the world, what we are doing in that exact moment? I have nothing against it, just my two cents worth. I'll still be on Snapchat though, probably snapping to share beautiful monuments/places when I travel. My sisters used to get annoyed because I was constantly on my phone when I was in the States last summer. I realized too, that I wasn't enjoying myself completely. I was always finding ways to get that 5 minutes of wifi. Really glad I snapped out of it (pun totally not intended), I try not to use my phone whenever I'm with friends, unless of course when it's time to take food photos or ridiculous selfies together. What's the point of meeting when half the attention is diverted to the little rectangle gadget? I've been feeling lighter and much happier these days, I'm not sure what is it that is making me feel this way but I feel inspired every morning when I get up from bed. Let's hope it stays this way!

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Wearing: Faithfull the Brand top, Abercrombie & Fitch festival shorts, The Ordinary Co necklace, 
Chiara Ferragni Collection flirting case, Rayban sunglasses, Pandora bracelet, Topshop leather sneakers.
Photos by my love, Dan

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Saturday, July 18

WHITE OUT

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Isn't it just the best feeling ever when you don't have to rack your brains out on matching your outfit with your shoes? Alohas Sandals got that settled for me when I received my pair. When you live in such a humid country, it feels like summer everyday and these sandals literally replaced my flip flops.   Needless to say, I spend lesser time in dressing up for days that I want to dress down, do I even make sense? Alohas Sandals are made in Spain, designed in Barcelona and inspired by Hawaii, all 3 places in my list of 'To Visit' countries/cities, plus they come in so many colors that you'll be spoilt for choice. I have so much love for you, Alohas Sandals!

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Wearing: Vintage top, Cotton On denim shorts, White sandals from Alohas Sandals | Photos by Dan

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Saturday, July 11

SHORTER

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Hair by Jason Sim, Artistic Director of #1 Salon. Wearing Love Beverly Minimal Heart Necklace.

For those who don't know, my hair is one thing I care the least for. I've only been getting an occasional $5 hair cut from my Mom's friend throughout my youth. I've never colored, permed or straightened my hair before, and I got a little bored of how my hair looked after some time. After attending the L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Show for Singapore Fashion Week, I had the privilege of getting some hair lovin' treatment from one of L'Oreal's partner salons. I went for a shorter length plus a perm. Honestly, I've always had second thoughts after cutting my hair but this time, I actually really love how my hair looks. 
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The L'Oreal team also sent this lovely package of hair products and here's how this includes you! I''ll be giving away 2 sets L'Oreal hampers worth $120 each and all you have to do is follow both L'Oreal and myself on Instagram and comment done after! I'll be selecting 2 winners randomly at the end of the month. 
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Good luck, x!

Monday, July 6

MONDAY BLUES

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The title of my post is actually the complete opposite of how I'm feeling right now. Feeling really grateful for all that has happened this year. Both good and bad. The good would be the 5 trips in the past 6 months, the opportunities and the people I've met. While on the other hand, applying to a design job interview only to have your designs stolen instead. Seeing the ugly side of the industry and realising that not everyone is as true as what they portray themselves to be. I took in all these as lesson learnt and it made me even stronger. I've had unconditional love and support from my loved ones and I couldn't thank them enough. Literally can't wait for the year to end so I can see my family in the States next Spring. 

Shot these photos for a collaboration with Marjorie and I received countless of compliments on how great this pair of pleated pants look. I wore this pleated beauty for Her World's Street Style Awards which you can view here! It's so effortless yet chic, I couldn't help but to choose this in 2 colors. I will be featuring 2 more items that they sent to me over the next week! 

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Wearing: Bangkok top, Marjorie pleated pants, Zara boots, & Other Stories earrings. | Photos by Dan


Stay Gold, x


Sunday, June 28

CHASING LIGHT

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Back in Singapore and visited the Dreamworks exhibition with Dan. My trip to Hua Hin & Bangkok was such an amazing adventure. Took many photos which I can't wait to share with you guys! Also some of you may have noticed my new hair cut on my Instagram, I finally decided to go shorter with a perm. Will be doing a full post on my hair and stay close because you'll get to win some goodies for yourself as well! We snapped these photos after the exhibition and it seemed to be one of the hottest days so far. At least the weather can be an excuse to indulge in ice cream and iced chocolates am I right? 
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Photos by my love, Dan

xx 

Friday, June 19

SHARING A LUGGAGE

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In no less than 6 hours, I'll be off to the airport with Dan for a beach getaway, so I'm going to keep this short. 
Dan and I will be sharing a luggage and I thought it'll be fun to share with you guys what we have in it. 
Let's start with tops! 
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We made an effort to try and match our outfits with each other, and of course avoiding identical outfits. So we 
packed in tropical printed tops and shorts. 
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& since it's a week long trip to the beach, mixing and matching bikinis are definitely way more fun than just bringing one.

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What's a beach getaway without denim shorts? 

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Let's not forget the accessories, get your sun busters and fruity lip balms all packed and you're..
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Hope you guys liked this short post!

xx 


Sunday, June 14

CITY SKY

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So the weekend was spent in the heart of the city, wearing one of my favourite looks. Outerwear worn as a dress from the loveliest team over at Marjorie. Definitely one of my favourite pieces, it's effortless plus in the perfect shade of pink. The versatility of this vest is endless, works both ways when dressing down or up. I'm really excited to share with you the other pieces I've chosen from this collaboration with them. Speaking of weekends, I can't wait for the next one. I'll be spending 3 days in Hua Hin with Dan and the remaining 4 days we'll be in Bangkok city. Trying my best to fit everything into one luggage, and yes the packing guide post is coming up next. 

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Dusty pink vest in c/o Marjorie, Mango lace-up sandals | Photos by Dan

Tuesday, June 2

SWAN LAKE

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Hi everyone, I'm alive and back for good after a month of not posting. Sincere apologies to those who were waiting for a new post. These photos were shot in Lumphini Park, Bangkok during my trip last month and guess what, I'll be heading back again for the third time this year. There's something about the city that pulls me back every time. Also, because of the 40° weather, it called for a wardrobe change. Lighter colors, sleeveless tops, culottes and sandals. I'll definitely be packing these essentials for my next trip. Maybe a packing guide for the summer?

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Photos by Natalie